Casey Affleck: Fatherhood Is 'Transformative'

The Oscar nominee declares having a child "the best thing that ever happened"

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Take it from Ben Affleck‘s little brother, Casey: Understanding parenthood gets easier after having children of your own.

“It’s sort of changed everything,” Casey Affleck, 32, told reporters at Monday’s 80th annual Academy Awards Nominees luncheon. “It’s far and away the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Affleck explains, “It’s been transformative. A friend of mine was about to have a kid, and asking me how it was. I remember asking other people, and getting a lot of advice from people that I really trusted, and feeling like, after I had the kid, thinking, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell me this is the way it was going to be?'”

He adds, “It’s a little bit like trying to describe to somebody… what life is like on another planet, in another galaxy. Until you’re sort of there in that other galaxy, then you’ll never really know what it’s like.”

Affleck’s wife, Summer Phoenix, gave birth to son Indiana, 3, in 2004, and another son, whose name has yet to be announced, in January.

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Affleck says he’s recently had time at home to spend with his children.

“I love being around the house and being with the kids everyday, and not being someone who has to get up and go to work everyday,” Affleck says. “It’s great. I love it, I love doing it every day. Being an actor means that, if you’re successful anyway, you can kind of work for three or four months out of the year and then you’re home a lot of the time.”

The younger Affleck had a breakout 2007, also starring in brother Ben’s critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone.

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